The sustainable impact of our amino acid programme

Published on 25-11-2022 - By Kemin

Our Amino Acid Programme impacts your sustainability in two ways. First, it has a positive impact on the greenhouse gases of our customers – we see clear, sustainable benefits, reducing the LCIA in the feed formulation, at the farm level and in the dairy industry. Second, we see a sustainable impact on the non-CO2 greenhouse gases with a clear focus on water, land, and fertilizers usage.

Sustainable impact on greenhouse gases emissions

The conversion efficiency between Nitrogen consumed and Nitrogen deposited into protein should be at least 40%. This goal can be reached by formulating for low Crude Protein and Amino Acid balancing.

Precision feeding allows nutritionists to be more efficient with the raw materials at hand, and to better meet their needs. This is especially so in times when raw material prices are challenging and when sustainability becomes more and more important to address. As such, precision feeding needs more attention and is a way to improve practices. Rising feed prices, their high volatility, and low availability are the most limiting challenges presently facing dairy farm viability.

However, there is an opportunity for ruminants to produce more efficiently through increased protein utilization and reduced nitrogen excretion, having one of the biggest impacts on farm profitability and sustainability. The cow has specific requirements for individual amino acids and both Methionine and Lysine, which are the first essential limiting amino acids. An inadequate supply affects animal health and productivity. Amino acid nutrition also provides flexibility in formulation when selecting or substituting different feed materials due to either price or availability.

Sustainable impact on non-CO2 greenhouse gases

Thanks to formulating the diet using rumen-protected Methionine and Lysine we also sustainably impact the non-greenhouse gases, like water and land usage to produce milk and meat.

  1. Firstly, we produce more milk with the same dry matter intake, and due to less nitrogen excretion, we need less water per kg of milk or meat and dairy cow and less eutrophication (excess of nitrogen) in water from sewage outfalls and fertilized farmland.
  2. Secondly, thanks to a better feed conversion rate, we produce more milk with the same amount of feed, which positively impacts feed and food savings. Along with better protein use, we need fewer amount of protein sources to produce the same amount of animal protein (milk and meat), reducing the competition the feed sector has with the feed materials used to produce food.
  3. Thirdly, as mentioned, due to improved feed efficiency we need fewer raw materials to produce animal feed. This also impacts the number of fertilizers needed to produce these raw materials.

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